Monthly Archives: January 2021

Groundwater tough to swallow?

RALEIGH – Here’s your chance to complain! Once every three years, state law requires regular reviews of groundwater water quality standards. Next week’s Feb. 2 public hearing is ‘virtual;’ however, written comments can also be submitted by email or through regular Postal Service channels. Last week, this newspaper’s story about Pamlico County drinking water being pumped from the Castle Hayne aquifer triggered a lot of scuttlebutt. Here is your opportunity to officially contribute to the public dialogue!  Suggestions gleaned from the public could possibly lead to revisions in ground…

Prices Inch Up

News Analysis WASHINGTON, DC – Funky times, to say the least. Uncle Sam’s printing press is going crazy, flooding our locked down economy with plenty of cash. Government is spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors, and it is all being created from thin air. That, my friends, is a recipe for disaster!  There’s a rule of thumb in the newspaper trade that graphs and charts on the front page are a turnoff for readers. Perhaps so, but the two shown above are remarkable because they SCREAM at us!!   The stock market is at an all-time high. Interest rates are at an all-time low. Connected? You bet! Sav…

STEM Grant for Fossil Museum

Aurora Fossil Museum is the recipient of a generous Duke Energy Foundation Grant, which will   support “Fossil Kits for NC Science Teachers Program.” The museum’s hard-working executive director, Cynthia Crane, is to put it mildly – ECSTATIC:   “This grant will help provide interactive, hands-on STEM resources and virtual programming to children across North Carolina. It is our goal to reach all 100 North Carolina counties through this program and we are grateful to the Duke Energy Foundation for their financial support.”  Duke Energy Foundation Representative Millie Chalk added: …

Fog machine chemical beats back China Virus

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 15, the EPA granted special approval to the States of Tennessee and Georgia to use a chemical fog to help kill the China Virus. The chemical Triethylene Glycol, or ‘TEG’  has been used for a number of years as the active ingredient in a substance to make “fog” in stage and movie productions, marketed as Grignard Pure, and manufactured by Grignard, a long-time Rahway, NJ chemical company. WASHINGTON, DC –  All emergency approvals for TEG require that notices be posted to alert visitors and staffers who may enter an area where the TEG fog is being dispensed. A relative of ethy…

County bites financial bullet $3 million plus approved for water system

Pesky ‘hardness’ of aquifer likely to remain a problem All of Pamlico County – with the exception of Oriental and homes with their own wells – relies upon the Water Department. The utility operates as an ‘enterprise fund’ — a fancy term for a government-owned entity that is expected to run like a regular business. Producing a product, selling it, and then hopefully showing a profit.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, total revenues for the Pamlico County Water Department came in at $2.6 million, with a bottom line profit (after expenses) of about $400,000. Not bad. Except for the p…

Vaccine slow to roll out in state | Latest ranking puts NC 48th in nation

RALEIGH – Legislators pressed the Cooper Administration this week for answers on North Carolina’s near-last-in-the-nation ranking on vaccine distribution. The hearing took place amid reports that future vaccine allocations from the federal government may be based on states’ progress on getting shots into arms. As of Tuesday, North Carolina has used just 25.8 percent of the doses it has received from the federal government, which ranks 48th in the country. Many lawmakers have pointed to the administration’s decision to replicate the ‘county-centric’ model that…

Eyewitness & firsthand experience confirms reality of ‘Fakenews’ & ‘journalism malpractice’

By Dexter Liu NOTE: My wife and I plus another friend from Oriental went to the D.C. rally on January 6th. I am submitting this report for the County Compass to set the record straight and debunk the vicious false reporting in the mainstream national media. Where is America going? I’m a registered Republican and an unabashed supporter of President Trump. As an American, I am free to choose my party affiliation and candidate. Under the United States Constitution, it is my sacred right — as it is for any Democrat — to support his or her candidate of choice. Indeed, historically w…

Live, on-the-scene reports from Washington, D.C

Submitted by Pamlico County residents Debbie & Edward Caraballo Final Update. We departed DC around noon on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Everything was peaceful when we left but from what we understand things are getting explosive as the people are fed up with being railroaded by these politicians. If truth and justice is not served, this is a taste of what America will be facing in our country ñ history repeating itself and the threat of a revolutionary war. January 6th – arrived at the Ellipse Park at 7 am and itís been a continuous stream of Americans pouring in from all directions.   The crow…

Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly closing February 28

GRANTSBORO –  Billy Flockhart, who owns two Piggly Wiggly stores in Pamlico County, confronted economic reality Monday morning.  “I will be closing down the Grantboro store on February 28,” wrote Flockhart, in a press release to this newspaper,   just hours before meeting with staffers. “The Grantsboro location has 40 employees, but I am only able to offer jobs to eight of them for our Oriental location.” Flockhart cited “economic and social pressures and losing sales and profits over the last three years,” adding that the unprecedented pandemic, now in its tenth month, was also a contrib…

Veteran Tax Return Preparer Always Puts Clients First

WASHINGTON, N.C. – Sharper than a tack, Richard Pitts, 74, has been preparing tax returns for more than five decades. There may be someone, somewhere, somehow who has a longer track record — but no one anywhere has more concern for a still-growing roster of super loyal clients.  That’s what comes through loud and clear after my fascinating hour-long interview with a legend of the industry. The personable Pitts, owner of the thriving Washington, NC based Pamlico Tax Service, is also a consummate professional. Originally educated as an accountant, Pitts began his career in the Washing…